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Photo Tech 2009, Big Hit

Photo Tech Imgae

Submitted by Erin Heitsch

    With a new decade approaching, Ohio Valley Chapter put a new spin on the traditional PhotoShop workshop of years past. The Photo Tech 2009 workshop addressed the wants and needs of today’s photographers by exploring several different topics. The two day seminar held at the Holiday Inn Eastgate in Cincinnati, proved to be reinvented in more ways than just location.

    First, a refreshing new format involving four instructors; David Marx, Sam Riche, Jay Kinghorn and Rosh Sillars gave the participant a choice of different workshops to attend. David Marx covered a vast expanse of information in several sessions. “Lightroom Fundamentals and Tricks” were covered on Thursday, while “Image Enhancement” and “Working with the Web” followed on Friday. David’s approach was very practical while entertaining . Photographers not only learned the in’s and out’s of Lightroom, but most importantly how to apply it to management and marketing. Sam Riche led the “Transitioning from Still to Video” breakout session Thursday afternoon. Sam stressed that video will play an intricate part of a photographer’s career, as many shooters are already incorporating video into their portfolios. Video and audio equipment, Final Cut Pro, and real life examples combined together awakens today’s photographer to the future of the 2-D image. After such a productive day of learning, Thursday ended with a lively vendor’s reception highlighted by refreshments, fun, and raffling off several thousand dollars worth of prizes.

    Rosh Sillars introduced “New Media Secrets” in a breakout session on Friday morning. Inevitably, the future of marketing lies in the links and networks mapped together online. Rosh navigated through dozens of online resources, old and new, that proved to be the networking tools of tomorrow. Friday afternoons breakout session featured Jay Kinghorn’s comprehensive presentation, “DP Best Flow”. This seminar traversed everything from recommended monitors and hardware to file management and archiving.

    Participants were enthusiastic with the improvements and variety of Photo Tech 2009. “It seems like with this workshop ASMP really tried to look beyond the present and into the future of photography in all of its variations. Each of the new breakout sessions was a tremendous success, each was very well put together and were a tremendous resource for all that were able to attend,” remarked Dustin Halleck. Most importantly, the workshop promotes the ongoing necessity of networking. Member Erin Casey reflects, “Not only do you get to learn a variety of things in a short amount of time, you also get to hang out with a great group of people that are going through the same experiences as you!”

    From newly registered members just starting out to seasoned pro shooters, the benefits of the new Photo Tech  2009  were overwhelmingly positive. The combination of speakers with high expertise along with the enthusiastic participation of so many talented artists resulted in an all around success.